a niqab in public in Denmark carries a fine of €134
28-year-old woman has become the first person in Denmark to be fined for
wearing a Niqab.
Woman Fined In Denmark for Wearing Full-Face Veil
Turnout in Elections Was an Achievement, But More Needs Doing
Woman Jailed In UK for Terrorism
Women’s Team Sweeps First Prize Of $266,000 in Hajj Hackathon
of Pregnant Women Risk Death in Yemen: U.N
Maryam Bakhtiari, the First Iranian Female Military Commander
by New Age Islam News Bureau
High Court Reunites Hindu Girl with Muslim Family That Brought Her Up
Bombay high court recently reunited a 14-year-old Hindu girl with the
four-member Muslim family that brought her up ever since her biological mother
Gautam Patel ignored the biological mother’s plea for her custody primarily on
the ground that the woman was involved in some immoral activity. The girl was
handed over the foster family on July 24.
Muslim family approached the high court, seeking guardianship of the girl. They
contended that she had been living with them and has been taken care of as a
family member since her biological mother abandoned her and moved to Kanpur.
complained that the biological mother returned to Mumbai and demanded the
girl’s custody. They said the biological mother and one of her male friends had
forcibly taken away the girl. The girl was brought back only after the
petitioners approached the Child Welfare Committee. She was sent to a
children’s home at Umarkhadi in south Mumbai.
that the girl had to unnecessarily spend two months at the children’s home,
Justice Patel on July 4 sent her to the residence of an advocate, who was
willing to accommodate her and provide for her daily requirements for the time
July 24, the judge again interviewed the teenager and reunited her with her
foster family after noticing that she desperately wanted to go back to “the
only family that she has known almost since birth”.
emphatically said she did not want to go anywhere except to the Petitioners’
family and home,” said Justice Patel.
is a young but articulate and intelligent. She is determined and knows where
her own interests lie. Her own wishes, given her age, cannot be ignored,” the
court also directed the in-charge of the Tardeo police station “to periodically
monitor the situation and ensure that there is no untoward incident”. The
guardianship petition filed by the Muslim family is now posted for further
hearing on August 13.
28-year-old woman wearing a niqab on Friday became the first person in Denmark
to be fined for violating a new controversial law banning full-face Islamic
veils in public places, media reported.
were called to a shopping centre in Horsholm, in the northeastern region of
Nordsjaelland, where the woman had become involved in a scuffle with another
woman who had tried to tear her niqab off, police duty officer David Borchersen
told the Ritzau news agency.
the fight her niqab came off, but by the time we arrived she had put it back on
again,” Borchersen said.
took a photograph of the woman wearing the niqab, and obtained security camera
footage from the shopping centre of the incident.
woman was informed she would receive a fine of 1,000 kroner ($156, 134 euros)
in the post, and was told to either remove her veil or leave the public space.
chose the latter,” Borchersen said.
of August 1, wearing a burqa, which covers a person’s entire face, or the
niqab, which only shows the eyes, in public carries a fine of 1,000 kroner.
violations are fined up to 10,000 kroner.
ban also targets other accessories that hide the face such as balaclavas, masks
and false beards.
rights campaigners have slammed the ban as a violation of women’s rights, while
supporters argue it enables better integration of Muslim immigrants into Danish
full-face veil is a hot-button issue across Europe.
France, Germany and Austria have already imposed bans or partial bans.
there were several flaws in the July 25 polls, modest, yet consequential,
achievements were nonetheless made.
is that, in Dir, Kohistan and Waziristan, women made clear what they thought of
having had their suffrage denied to them for generations by leaving the
confines of their homes to vote for the first time.
women voter registration and turnout levels are still nowhere close to what
they ought to be, the ECP’s efforts to shore up these figures, bolstered by
mandatory benchmarks established in the Elections Act, 2017, are paying off.
while the minimum requirement for women’s participation was set at 10pc of
total votes in a constituency, there were still areas where female turnout fell
short. In NA-10 Shangla, of the 128,302 total votes (including rejected votes,
for which there are no gender disaggregated figures in Form 47 to subtract
from), 12,663 or 9.87pc were cast by women.
NA-48 North Waziristan, of the 63,954 votes cast, 6,354 or 9.94pc were women’s.
In a report published in this paper yesterday, a source in the ECP stated that
a summary had been moved to declare the results of both constituencies null and
void for this reason.
women’s participation in both constituencies undershot the 10pc minimum by a
hair’s breadth, yet the ECP is well within its rights to annul the results.
Indeed, the bar is set low enough as it is.
before by-elections are held, and for their results to be valid, the ECP must
establish an inquiry to determine the reasons turnout was low, and investigate
allegations made by some candidates (including the winning candidate for NA-48)
prior to polling day, that potential women voters were being threatened, and
that polling stations were often too far for women to access them.
ECP must take these claims seriously, including acknowledging its own possible
shortcomings, in order to mitigate the likelihood of a similar experience.
legislators should consider setting the bar higher by introducing an amendment
to increase the minimum percentage of women’s turnout in urban constituencies.
Institutionalising such provisions can help ensure that there is further
progress in the drive to equalise women’s franchise.
the pushback witnessed every time there is an attempt to legislate on women’s
rights, and efforts that are still made to roll them back, it is not hyperbolic
to suggest codifying safeguards against a regression.
- A London teenager was jailed for life on Friday for plotting a terror attack,
becoming the youngest woman to be sentenced for terrorism offences in Britain.
Boular, 18, who together with her mother and elder sister formed the country’s
first all-female cell linked to the Islamic State group, will spend a minimum
of 13 years in prison.
had planned violent attacks in the British capital, using coded language themed
around a tea party, after UK authorities stopped her travelling to Syria to
marry an IS fighter she had met online.
much she may have been influenced and drawn into her extremism, it appeared she
knew what she was doing and acted with open eyes,” said Judge Mark Dennis in
sentencing her at London’s Old Bailey.
views were deeply entrenched,” he added, rejecting claims she had renounced
June sibling Rizlaine Boular, 22, was also jailed for life, with a minimum term
of 16 years, while their Morocco-born mother Mina Dich was handed a minimum
sentence of six years and nine months for aiding the plots.
Boular was only 16 when she made contact with British-born IS fighter Naweed
Hussain, 32, discussing marriage and how they would don his-and-hers suicide
her hopes of joining him were dashed when she was stopped at the airport in
August 2016 following a family trip to Morocco, and her passport was
with murderous intent’
Boular decided to plan an attack in Britain, detailing it in coded language -
such as using “pineapples” for grenades - to online contacts, who were in fact
was later killed in a drone strike.
Boular was charged with preparing terrorist acts in April 2017, she handed
responsibility to her sister Rizlaine, 22, and their mother Mina Dich, 44, who
hatched their own plan.
trio were taped talking about an Alice in Wonderland-themed tea party, which
the prosecution argued was code for an attack.
Boular and Dich were arrested after being tracked by police visiting potential
sites around Westminster and buying knives.
pleaded guilty to terror offences, but Safaa Boular denied involvement in the
remained expressionless as she was jailed Friday for two counts of preparing
terrorist acts after being found guilty at trial in June.
Haydon, Britain’s top counter-terror police officer, said then the plot
“involved a family with murderous intent, the first all-female terrorist plot
in the UK connected to Daesh (IS)”.
added: “All three women were filled with hate and toxic ideology and were
determined to carry out a terrorist attack.
they been successful, it could well have resulted in people being killed or
Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones, announced on Friday
evening the winner of the first prize of the final competition in the Hajj
Hackathon which went to the Saudi
women’s team of “Turjaman” which means Translator, taking the prize of
team developed an application which translates road direction signs in different
languages for the pilgrims from around the world, without the need to connect
to the Internet through QR code scanning.
second prize of $133,000 went to the team which developed an application
dedicated for “Hajj Wallet.”
three-day Hajj Hackathon event was held at the Jeddah Exhibition and Event
Center f from August 1 to 3, recording significant presence of Saudi women as
well as software developers and information-technology enthusiasts from more
than 100 countries.
Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones allocated $533,000
in prizes divided into mainly three categories, where the first prize is worth
$266,000, second prize $133,000, the third prize $93,000 while a prize of
$39,000 goes for distinction.
competition in the event included sectors surrounding the Hajj season, its
services and challenges, including food and beverages, public health, financial
solutions, transportation, crowd management, traffic control, travel and
accommodation arrangements, waste and waste management, housing and
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of the participating groups in the “Technical challenge”, is a Japanese team of
youths who attracted a lot of attention, not only for their known enthusiasm
for tech, but also for their inclusive spirit by adapting to the Saudi culture
and dressing in the Saudi national outfit.
(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hundreds of pregnant women in the Yemeni city of
Hodeidah risk dying as the escalating confict puts medical care out of reach in
a country with one of the world’s highest maternal mortality rates, the United
U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) said pregnant women were at “extreme risk” as it
became harder to access care, with the maternal death rate likely to have
doubled from its 2015 tally of 385 deaths per 100,000 live births.
violence limits the agency’s access to Hodeidah, but it estimated 90,000 women
were due to give birth there in the next nine months.
escalation in the conflict has destroyed health facilities and placed those who
suffered complications like haemorrhaging or infections at heightened risk, it
- not her real name - fled Hodeidah nearly three weeks ago, fearing for her
five children and unborn baby.
thought me, my baby and kids would die and get sick if I stayed,” Nadia who is
five months pregnant, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from the
was afraid of losing the baby and delivering early.”
offensive on Hodeidah launched in June by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and
the United Arab Emirates is the largest battle yet in a conflict that has
killed more than 10,000 people.
is becoming increasingly difficult to reach pregnant women or those who want to
avoid getting pregnant with the reproductive health services and medicines they
require,” said Luay Shabaneh, UNFPA director for the Arab Region, this week.
is the main port of the impoverished Arab country, where around 8.4 million
people are believed to be on the verge of starvation, and a lifeline for
was suffering, tired and filled with fear. There was malnourishment, there was
no basic needs like electricity and medical treatment,” said Nadia of her life
Maryam Bakhtiari, (b. 1847, d. 1937) was a revolutionary and active member of
the Iranian Constitutional Revolution of 1909. Her father was Hossein Gholi
Khan and his brother was Sardar (Commander) As’ad Bakhtiari.
Maryam was a strong supporter of her brother Sardar As’ad in capturing Tehran
and the triumph of the Constitutional Revolution on July 16, 1909.
Maryam was an educated and enlightened Iranian woman, a pioneer in demanding
equal rights for women, and one of the very early activists for freedom. She was also a campaigner for the Iranian
national interests against the occupation forces from Russia and Britain during
Maryam learned military warfare and shooting skills at a young age (like other
Lor tribal and nomadic forces) and became a military commander.
Maryam was opposed to the despotism of Mohammad Ali Shah, and in various
letters, telegrams and lectures, she educated and mentored the leaders of the
Bakhtiari tribes to fight the Qajar tyrants.
the conquer of Tehran, Bibi Maryam secretly entered Tehran with a few fighters
and settled in Hossein Saghafi’s house. They used the roofs facing the
Baharestan parliamentary building to position themselves against the government
forces. When Sardar As’ad entered Tehran and fought with the government forces,
Bibi Maryam and her forces attacked the government army from the roof tops.
of her brave fight and her technical military skills in disarming the
government troops, her popularity among the Bakhtiari tribes increased and she
was given the honorary rank of a Sardar (a high commander).
Maryam opposed the British and Russian meddling in Iran during WWI. During that
difficult era, she used her house in Isfahan to provide refuge and safe house
for the combatants against the British and Russian forces in Iran. Although
some of the Bakhtiari leaders supported the British, she opposed them. She
collaborated and cooperated with other Bakhtiari leaders in constant raids
against the British forces. The popularity of Maryam in the region was so much
that when the Russians conquered Isfahan, they stormed her house in Isfahan and
confiscated all of her properties.
of the political activists and freedom fighters, such as Allameh Dehkhoda,
Malek os-Shaara Bahar, and Vahid Dastgerdi who were persecuted during the WWI
by the Allied forces, especially the British, took refuge in Bibi Maryam's
house in the Bakhtiari tribes.
Maryam Bakhtiari's fight with the British continued until the August 1919
agreement and the March 1921 coup.
Mohammad Mossadegh, the Governor of Fars Province, opposed the British coup of
1921 and after being dismissed from the Fars Province government, he went to
the Bakhtiari area, and for some time was the guest of Sardar Maryam. Dr.
Mossadegh always mentioned and commemorated the greatness and courage of Bibi
Maryam Bakhtiari is one of the few Iranian women fighting for Iran and is one
of the first Iranian women to write a memoir of her life, in which she
documented the suffering and struggles of the Iranian women and the political
conditions in Iran at that time.
Maryam’s son Ali-Mardan Bakhtiari was executed by Reza Pahlavi in 1934. Three
years later in 1937, a very sad Bibi died and was buried in the famous Isfahan
cemetery, Takht-e Foulad.
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